Costa Rican authorities say a plane crash in Costa Rica on Sunday has killed 10 USA citizens and two crew members.
Costa Rica's Public Safety Ministry posted pictures of the crash on its Facebook page, showing burning wreckage in a wooded area.
Sunday's statement says there were 10 foreigners and two Costa Rican crew members aboard the plane belonging to Nature Air, which had taken off nearby.
"We can confirm the death of multiple U.S. citizens in an airplane crash in Costa Rica on December 31, 2017", a U.S. State Department spokesperson said. "We are in contact with Costa Rican aviation authorities and will continue to monitor the situation".
The reason for the crash is not yet known.
Cubillo also reportedly described the pilot, Juan Manuel Retana, as an experienced professional. The other two killed are local crewmembers.
The same plane had arrived in Punta Islita on Sunday morning from San Jose and was delayed in landing by strong winds, Cubillo said.
Laura Chinchilla, the former president of Costa Rica tweeted that her cousin, who was one of the crew members, died in the crash.